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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Matthew Diamond / Actors: Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Julie Brown, Maria Canals, Daniel Fathers ... / DVD released 2008-12-01 at Disney / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      31.08.2013 20:16
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      DCOM at its best

      Camp Rock is one of my favourite Disney Channel Original Movies.

      Mitchie Torres aspires to be a singer and is desperate to attend a summer camp, Camp Rock. Unfortunately her parents cannot afford to send her but luckily her mum secures a job at the camp and Mitchie gets to go with her.

      Whilst singing alone Mitchie is heard by a record label producer and he likes what he hears. The problem is, he never caught a sight of who it was.

      Mitchie, on the other hand, is finding it hard to fit in when all those attending are rich and talented and therefore decides to lie about her life. Lies always get found out in the end!

      I liked the character Mitchie as she is a down to earth girl and it is easy to see why she thinks she won't be accepted when everyone around her is so different. I am glad her lies were found out as it showed there are consequences for your actions and wouldn't look very good for a childrens channel to encourage lying.

      I think the Jonas Brothers were a good fit in the film but I felt as if they were playing themselves, just with a different name. Why not just call them the Jonas Brothers rather than "Connect 3", I don't like that name for a band at all.

      The songs in this film are really good. I always find myself singing along to then. My favourite song is "This is Me" as it is a catchy tune and has good lyrics.

      This is a brilliant musical for children with singing and dancing being a central focus as well as good messages about friendship.

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        07.06.2010 17:06
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        its mainly a film loved by natural disney fans!

        This is another very good DVD bought out my Disney!

        This film is about a girl who is so happy when she is told she can go to camp rock as the daughters cook! She meets the Camp rock star, played by one of the Jonas Brothers and starts lying to him about who she really is. He finds out though and it starts to go bad - to find out more you will have to watch the movie!

        This film I thought was really good, especially if you like musicals. She does a lot of singing and really puts her feeling into it.

        Saying this, I did not think it was as good as it was going to be. It was good, but there was TOO much singing and not that much story going on, I only hope the second one will be better.

        ACTING

        The acting was really good from all the main stars, a couple of them weren't the best at times, but overall fairly good. This is the sort of film you have to like Disney for, and if you do, you are sure to like this film!


        Would I recommend it?

        Yes, this is a must see for all Disney fans and Demi Lavato fans! You are sure to love this! If you are not really into all that sort of stuff then this probably isnt the sort of film for you!

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        31.01.2010 19:34
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        How will she get out of her lies?

        I love musicals, but this is one that really failed to impress me. There was absolutely nothing even remotely interesting or entertaining about this film. Personally, I yawed my way through! Call me weird but I actually liked the High School Musical series and I thought that Camp Rock would be similar. Unfortunately, if you ask me, this film is quite a far cry from any other musical. In fact, this one was downright ridiculous to me that I would take High School Musical over it any day. The plot was extremely predictable- to the point that it ended up being quite boring.


        Plot:
        Mitchie is desperate to join Camp Rock, the one place where music lovers spend their summer at to work on their musical/dancing talents. When her mom is offered a job as a cook there, Mitchie is overjoyed to find out that she is able to go along. Camp Rock is off to a great start until she stats lying about her mom's job to the most popular girl at Camp. To top it all, she gets interested in the famous teen heartthrob who's staying at Camp and starts lying to him too...


        The first thing that I didn't like was the acting. Demi Lovato's performance was bland and amazingly flat. She barely induced any sort of feelings into her acting and that was to such an extent that I felt like she wasn't even trying. Her character was highly stereotyped and I guess that she wanted to adhere by the guidelines of the typical dorky girl who's ashamed of her mother and lies in order to fit in. I really think that the actress didn't go beyond the clichéd persona that she was supposed to be representing. Mitchie is supposed to be somewhat dull and quietly interesting and talented but Lovato represnted her as being extremely dull and bland. Not at all an engaging character- which is a shame considering that she was playing the lead.


        In every chick flick there should be the "One" who's typically blonde, arrogant, domineering and evil, with some personal issue that make her act the way she does. This character was also extremely stereotyped with no room for expansion. I really tend to favor movies where plots or characters are somewhat typical but also tend to think outside the box from time to time. However, I have to admit that Meaghan Jette Martin (who played the rich, spoiled girl) delivered a better performance than Lovato. Her facial expressions were quite representative of her personality and situations.


        The one thing that I really liked in the film was the songs. Lovato is a better singer than actress. In addition, the Jonas brothers also starred in the movie, for both acting and singing performances. Once again, the singing performances were much better. Some of my favorite songs in the film include "This is me", and "Our time is here".


        The Cast list includes:
        * Demi Lovato
        * Joe Jonas
        * Meaghan Jette Martin
        * Maria Canals Barrera
        * Alyson Stoner
        * Julie Brown
        * Daniel Fathers


        DVD Extras include:
        * How to be a Rock Star
        * Jonas Brothers
        * Introducing Demi Lovato
        * Camp Memories
        * Sing Along


        Overall, I wouldn't recommend this movie at all. Many people ended up falling in love with this film but I have to say that I wasn't one for me.


        Thanks for reading!

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          27.01.2010 00:01
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          A good, fun watch but nothing too spectacular.

          Camp Rock is a musical film very much alike to High School Musical only not as good. The songs that appear in Camp Rock are of a good standard and the pop/rock nature is also good. Anyone who likes the Jonas Brothers will love this film as it has some of their best songs such as Music. Although the songs are good however the story has not been as well thought out as it could have been. It seems as though the writers and producers of this film relied far too much on High School Musical in order to make his film and so it is very similar but the leads are just simple not as good as Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. They are decent but it is unlikely they will get the same response.
          The cleverness of this film is how the two main songs (male and female) both fit in together to create a brilliant song that does indeed rival High School Musical.

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          11.10.2009 14:49
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          A feel good film for teens!

          Being a High School Musical fan , when I heard that there was a new 'music' film out , I just had to see what Disney had come up with and whether it was live up to the success of High School Musical.

          Camp Rock is an American Disney Channel Original movie released in the United Kingdom on September 1st 2008. The film was directed by Mathew Diamond and stars a few already 'well known' children's entertainers , including the American boyband The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Running time of this movie is ninety four minutes (four minutes over one hour and a half). This movie is a U which means it can be seen by children of all ages!

          The film is about a girl called Mitchie who is a performer ; her dream is to become a professional. She has heard about a performing summer camp called 'Camp Rock' , and so really wants to spend the summer there. The only problem is that her family can't afford to send her there. However , Mitchie's mother can see how disappointed her daughter is , and so offers to 'do the food' at the camp in exchange for her daughter getting a place there. However when she gets there , she finds she is too shy to sing in front of people ? What will she do ? What happens when she meets a guy who is willing to help her ?Watch Camp Rock to find out!

          If I'm honest , the whole craze about the Jonas Brothers has annyoyed me in the past! I had never heard any of their music before , neither seen them on the television ; only read interviews and 'fan letters' in magazines , and so they'd got on my nerves before I'd even been introduced properly to them. But I still had to watch this movie though ; just to see if it lived up to the success of High School Musical (more on that later!). The Jonas Brothers weren't as anoying as I had imagined them to be ; yes the one had a very 'cocky' part , but they were playing characters , and so I didn't mind them too much! I will be looking out for them in the future!

          This movie followed High School Musical and so there was always going to be a comparison between the two! There was always going to be the question of 'which one's the best?' and so I will answer the big question! I am a High School Musical fan and so I am quite loyal to the 'brand' having watched and enjoyed the movie several times. Both films are based around music , however Camp Rock isn't exactly a musical like HSM. With HSM I sometimes found that the cast 'burst into song' at any moment , just so that they could say 'yes this movie has songs , so it's a musical' and so at times it seemed quite forced in places. However , with Camp Rock , it was about performing and not a musical and so when the cast performed it was because they were at an event or on stage , not because they had been dumped or whatever! I like musicals , and so I am going to say that High School Musical is the best film out of the two and also HSM has the best songs! On the other hand , there's a couple of characters in HSM who I find annoying , for example Gabriella , and so there wasn't as much characters who annoyed me in Camp Rock! I enjoyed both movies , but I am going to say that HSM is my favourite! Although , if you loved HSM , then you will also like this!

          I quite liked the songs in this film! They're perfect for kids as they're so catchy , and upbeat and fun (although the cast certainly weren't good at lip-synching!) You just want to jump and down while listening to them. I also think that it's a great movie for the whole family to watch! Teens and adults will love it as much as children! It's clean , friendly and fun , so what more could you want ?! It's a real feel good movie!

          I found the plot to be very predictiable. There's nothing that original about it , and there's nothing I've not seen before in this movie. There were some likeable characters in this film , especially Mitchie , although they were the same type of characters that are in most 'high school based films' ; unpopular guy likes hot guy , hot guy has a popular girlfriend , unpopular girl changes image etc ; it's all just been there and got the t shirt! I enjoyed watching this film as it was quite light hearted and cute , but I would have prefered had there been a bit of twist which didn't make the film seems so predictable! Having said that , it's a great movie for kids because it doesn't require much thinking! It's just a film you can sit and watch!

          When I seen adverts in magazine for the movie , it seemed to be all about the Jonas Brothers. However , when watching the movie , I was suprised to see that there wasn't actually much of the boys in this film! I had expected there to be more judging by the cover! Obviously they were using the band as a way to sell! I didn't mind too much , but I am sure people who are fans of the band , who bought the film just to see them would be disappointed.

          I would reccommend this to HSM fans and teenagers! I enjoyed watching it on the weekend just as something light hearted and fun , although it's certainly not an award-winning-kind-of-film!

          Thanks for reading!
          October 11th 2009
          xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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            06.09.2009 17:53
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            Good to sing along to.

            Right so here we have another Disney Original Movie. Obviously Disney wanted Camp Rock to be as big as High School Musical shown by the amount of merchandise you can get for this film. I have to admit, I am one of the people who love High School Musical but I didn't have that high hopes for Camp Rock.

            The plot:- Mitchie, played by Demi Lovato loves to sing and can sing pretty good. She gets the chance to go to Camp Rock where all other little teenagers with money and musical talent go. To pay for her to go to this amazing camp her mum gets a job in the kitchen there. This is where some of the problems start.

            In an effort to try and fit in, she pretends that her mum isn't the cook but a really famous and rich woman. Obviously this rebounds on her but not before some cheesy songs, talent rivalry, co-ordinated outfits and one of the 'jo bros' (or Jonas Brothers) thrown in for good measure.

            There's a bit more to the story where Jo Jonas who plays Shane Gray is going through a rough time with his band and has started going down this rebellious streak. So his uncle who runs the camp makes him teach a class at the camp. At the camp he hears this voice singing and he tries to find her. Inevitably while at the camp Mitchie and Shane meet and get on really well until Mitchie's lies rebound on her.

            When I first saw Camp Rock, I didn't think much of it. However when I saw it the second time, it grew on me. The songs in this film are actually really good if you just want something to belt out while watching it on the sing along version J The two main songs of this movie, 'This is me' and 'We Rock' are the two main songs for a reason. If you like cheese then these songs are the perfect songs to sing while pretending you have a microphone and you're on stage.

            The storyline is a bit weak but to be fair High School Musical didn't exactly have an amazing storyline. It's a nice film for the kids and fans of HSM. The acting isn't exactly calling out for an Oscar but Demi Lovato does a good job. Sometimes this film can get a little bit too cheesy and I just have to cringe a bit. Overall it's not a brilliant film, but it's good for a laugh and if it's your kind of film.

            Running time:- 94 mins approx

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            01.08.2009 19:59
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            Not really worth watching

            Ok here's another Disney movie original and after the success of High School Musical i thought i would check it out. As cheesy as HSM was it was really entertaining and had a certain charm about it that made is so likable. This film however lacked that charm and therefore was no where near as good. The songs aren't as catchy, the characters aren't as memorable or creative and the whole plot was just weak. I understand that this was intended for kids but even they have standards.

            It was basically a worse version of HSM. The Jonas brothers were featured in it but it was mostly the eldest: Joe who was the male lead. The other two were very much just part of the background. Although i thought Joe did a pretty ok job, i felt Demi Lovato seemed to forced and too exaggerated, it just looked like she was trying to hard. They also lacked the on screen chemistry so the acting seemed a little wooden. No doubt they're talented artists and there are a few good songs in there especially the final jam song with Demi and Joe.

            The plot was too cliched and the characters just weren't charming or likable or witty enough to mask the bad script. I think Disney saw how big high school musical got and thought that if they had a similar script it would be equally as good. But oh how wrong they got it. I think it had the potential to be a good film and with some better songs, better acting and more charisma it would have worked.

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              17.05.2009 16:01
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              Great DVD - buy the CD as well

              For those that loved High School Musical, Camp Rock is cast from the same mould.

              Aspiring musician Mitchie is desparate to go to the summer camp - Camp Rock - but here parents say they just can't afford it, then at the last minute her Mums catering firm secure the contract to provide the catering for the camp and Mitchie gets to go.

              For about a day she shares a room with her Mum and then makes friends with Tess Tyler, Peggy and Co. and she is recruited into their room, very much trophy friends who hang off what you buy and where you go, Mitchie starts to lie to them to keep in.

              In the mean time the Camp Directors nephew has been posted to Camp Rock to assist with teaching - he is one of the famed Jonas brothers (Shane), who has lost his way and what he stood for. He appears at the camp in apathy, however after hearing a mystery girl sing he vows to find her - also whoever wins the Final Jam competition he will do a recording with.

              Shane and Mitchie get closer - but he has no idea she's the singer. Then the series of lies begin to unfold and he begins to wonder who she was at all. Mitchie is excluded from final jam. Tess loses her friends and the lies she told to incriminate Mitchie also come out. Peggy wins final jam and will record with Shane, but Mitchie does get to perform right at the end and Shane realises she is the one.

              It all makes for a great happy ending. Good songs and a moralistic tale of just be yourself.

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                01.05.2009 19:10
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                Its a kids film, so obviously the storyline isn't anything spectacular, but tis a good watch!

                Camp Rock was the 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie, and was shown on the Disney Channel in the Summer of last year, and its now a huge success.

                The show is about a young girl, Mitchie Torres. She has been fantasizing about going to Camp Rock, a music related Summer Camp all year, but her family can't afford the fee's and so she has to get used to the idea that its just not going to happen to her. Until her mum Connie (a caterer) gets hired as the chef and Mitchie gets into Camp Rock for a cut price.

                When Mitchie gets to camp she meets up with many people, and she finds out that Shane Gray (Joe Jonas, Jonas Brothers) is going to be a star guest at the camp. To fit in with the other girls at camp, especially Tesse Tyler whose mum is a famous singer, Mitchie makes up a superstar lifestyle for herself, and tells everyone her mum is a record producer, when in fact she's making her "friends" meals every night.

                When Mitchie gets closer and closer to Shane, and her lies don't seem to be catching up with her, she is loving her time at Camp, but everything can't stay like that...!

                Shane meanwhile has heard a mysterious female singer and her voice has tempted him into stopping his bad ways, and going back to writing the music which he once loved to make. If only he could find his mystery voice...!!!

                Mitchie is having a ball, her confidence is booming, and she is getting ready for final jam...but Tesse has different ideas when she learns that Mitchie was lying about her mums career, and when she gets jealous of her blossoming friendship with Shane, and she gets her and her only real friend at Camp Caitlyn kicked out of Final Jam, scuffering their chances of singing in front of their family and friends, and winning the chance of recording a song with Shanes band.

                As always, I won't ruin the ending for you! But as with most kids films, its very predictable pretty much right from the start. But the film is a great kids film, much like High School Musical in many ways, lots of songs along the way, and an "ok" storyline, its a good film when theres nothing else to watch, and its a great film for youngsters (around 5-16 years old)!

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                16.04.2009 14:35
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                film for the whole family.

                I have recently watched this online due to wondering what it was like (Now I own it on DVD). Im not usually a big fan on disney films, but this was a must watch after seeing all the High School musicals and also it had Joe Jonas in it therefore I had to see it!!

                This film was released in September 2008 and is therefore pretty new still. Its main stars are Joe Jonas, who plays Shane Gray(lead singer of the 'madeup' band Connect 3) and Mitchie (New disney star Demi Lovato).

                It is basically (without ruining the whole plot) about Mitchie wanting to get serious with her music and wanting to go to Camp Roc, which is the place where anyone who wants to be someone goes to, to make a name for themselves. Unfortunatly, Mitchies Parents are not able to fund the trip for her, unless they take her mums catering business there too cook for them.

                Later on in the film secrets are kept from people, Mtchie forms a strong bond with Shane and things go wrong. This is mainly due to the camp dive, Tess. She basicalyl thinks she owns the whole camp and is sure she will win the 'Final Jam'
                It is important to mention here that this is a musical, so there are a few jams throughout the film, some songs better than others. my personal favorites are 'too cool' and 'this is me' as they are realyl quite catchy. It is clear however, that they are miming these songs, but seeing as this is potentially aimed at children and not so much 20 year olds like me, im sure the children dont pick up on this.

                I must also say that I loved the 'start the party' song for which the camp rockers dance too in one scene.

                Overall, I thought this film was great, I now have bought it because I liked it so much and would recommend you to show your kids or even yourself if you like this kind of thing. The only thing that bugged me slightly was the ending, got to admit, I was expecting a kiss. But alas.

                Great film and catchy tracks :)

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                  Being the Easter Holidays, there is nothing I love better to do than to enjoy my time off work, lazing about and just generally relaxing. While in America, I had come across a band called the Jonas Brothers, which everyone was going on about but then I had heard that they had appeared in a film and I had to see it. Being by Disney I had hoped it wouldn't be a High School Musical type rip off but it came onto the TV so I decided to watch it. It was also on over the Easter weekend on the BBC, which I am sure many of you managed to catch it on.

                  The film introduces us to Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato), she is a young girl who has a great singing voice but sadly doesn't have the money to attend the prestigious music camp, which she really, really wants to go to. However, being a Disney film there is always a way for children to have their dreams come true. In this scenario, Mitchie's mother happens to get a job offer to be the cook at Camp Rock, so she can attend the camp the only thing she has to do is help her mother out with cooking in between classes which isn't really a lot to ask at all.

                  This soon turns into a bit of a typical teen film; she befriends Caitlyn (Alyson Stoner) but also finds herself in an intimidating friendship with the token queen rich girl Tess Tyler (Meaghan Jette Martin) and her two sidekick friends Peggy and Ella. These girls also seem to be living under Tess's intimidating personality having to do whatever Tess wants them to do. To fit in Mitchie has to lie about having money and her background in music so that she is not looked down upon by Tess and her gang because these children all come from wealthy walks of life and she does not want it getting out that she only got into Camp Rock by being the cook's daughter.

                  To top everything all off celebrity camp instructor and pop star Shane Gray (Joe Jonas), lead singer of Connect Three is put into Camp Rock because of his anger and attitude issues to learn a life lesson and come out a better person. While in camp Shane overhears a girl singing and makes it his mission this summer to find out who the girl behind the voice is. Meanwhile Mitchie has to learn a lesson to be her own person and stand out this summer to confront her fears and not be ashamed of where she is from.

                  Camp Rock is a Disney film yes but is so much more different from High School Musical. It is less cheesy well in my opinion anyway and seems to have more of a message rather than being a typical shiny, clean Disney film. Ok so I don't mean by that, in any way that it is violent or anything I just mean the cast seem to have more depth to their roles and have a better message for children. With the Jonas, brothers being in it as well it seems to bring more of a familiarity to it but the characters are just a wider spread bunch and seem to work well together, showing they must have enjoyed making this film.

                  This didn't get as much hype over in the UK as High School Musical but Disney can do no wrong with musicals right now. Demi Lovato was brilliant in the part of Mitchie Torres, she is a likeable girl who is very talented and to be honest I'd say had a better voice than Vanessa Hudgens of High School Muisc fame. She is edgy but a good character who seems to do the right thing but learns a lot in this film. I haven't seen her in anything else but know she has done a few other things for Disney.

                  Joe Jonas was ok considering he has only really been in a band. Nick and Kevin Jonas were more background characters and seemed too silly whereas Joe was a character who was quite strong and again likeable. I don't think Joe will be doing any real challenging roles at the minute but for a singer in an acting role I don't think he did to bad and probably did the role as best he could and definitely fit into the role well. As for him and Demi having on screen chemistry I wouldn't have said it was the best but this may have been to do with the fact that Jonas Brother fans didn't want any chemistry on screen. She received a lot of abuse from fans which is why there were no on screen kisses which is a bit ridiculous but that is teeny boppers for you.

                  The soundtrack on this film was actually not too bad. There are songs by Connect Three also known as the Jonas Brothers in the non-Disney world. They have a few catchy songs and Demi Lovato's finale song is also a powerful stand out song which she duets with Joe Jonas on. The whole cast also sing the closing song 'We Rock' which is like a theme for the film but is again catchy and a nice close on the film.

                  The film is definitely a great one to watch with the film, I am not exactly a young teen and my friends and I all found this thoroughly enjoyable and watchable. It is a harmless film with some catchy music and an attractive young cast who are actually very talented.
                  The film is not as predictable as I'd expected which also made it go up in my books and I would definitely watch this again. If you missed this on the TV this weekend, you will no doubt catch it playing on the Disney Channel at some point. If you don't have that channel then the DVD is the next option.

                  It is a UK: U certificate so basically, anyone can watch this and it lasts approximately 94 minutes.

                  The film is available to purchase for £5.98 off Amazon.co.uk and is eligible for free delivery. It can also be bought off Play.com for £5.99 and the official soundtrack is there for £8.95.

                  DVD special features: How To Be A Rock Star, Jonas Brothers: Real Life Rock Stars, Camp memories and Music and More - Set The Party, We Rock, Sing-Along With The Movie, Camp Rock Karaoke.

                  OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/originalmovies/camprock/ This has the trailer, videos, games and more information about the film.

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                    12.04.2009 19:13
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                    Great bargain on Amazon

                    It's like the directors tapped into my mind and picked out all my guilty pleasures and whacked them into one movie. Bad teen 'pop sensation' acting, Disney Songs and a sprinkling of Jo-Bro for good measure. It might seem like Disney are jumping on their own bandwagon, and you'll be right in thinking it's not a patch on the other tween crazes - High School Musical, Hannah Montana ect. But it's a sure fire movie to put in your DVD player to keep your disneyettes happy while you get on with other motherly or fatherly duties!

                    Camp Rock follows Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) who goes to a music camp during her summer break. Her mother (Maria Canals-Barrera - Wizards of Waverly Place) takes on a job as camp cook, on the basis Mitchie helps out, to cover the costs of camp as her family can't afford it. When she gets to camp she quickly befriends the 'popular' crowd, mainly through lies as she feels she has to keep up with her new 'friend' Tess (Meaghan Jette Martin) She also meets love interest - Shane Gray played by Joe Jonas - who was sent to Camp Rock to by his band mates (the rest of the Jonas clan) after he gets alittle too big for his boots.
                    In true disney film style Mitchie's lies all blow up in her face, as she finds out who she is and to accept that. Leaving the viewer with that happy Disney Glow, as the credits roll and 'We Rock' blasts out of your speakers.

                    Basically, Camp Rock is a perfect movie for your kids, or for your older teenager daughters with a horrible disney addiction. If you have Disney channel, I wouldn't buy this movie as it's played pretty regularly, but if you don't it would be a great treat for your kids (8 or 9 - 13 target audience at a guess!) and invaluable if you want a few hours peace.

                    At the moment Camp Rock is retailing for £5.98 on amazon.

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                      Poor man's High School Musical

                      When the Disney Channel aired its own movie in High School Musical, it quickly followed with two sequels, and the chances are that if you're a kid and you liked those films, they you may like this film, Camp Rock. Built in a similar mould, it aims to do for summer camp what High School Musical did for school: make it cool!

                      What we have here is a good idea, with good songs and singing, and a solid plot to go along with. What we don't have is anyone with a clue on how to execute all of these things to produce a fun and enjoyable film. Unfortunately, when my wife and I watched it, we spent more time taling about the size of Joe Jonas' eyebrows than anything else! And, yes, they are huge!

                      The idea of a girl who doesn't really have any friends at school going to summer camp and trying to conform to be popular is one I am sure many teenage girls will relate to. Guys, too, if a lot of them are honest. It's built in to our nature that we want to be liked. The problem here is that everyone else seems to have rich or famous parents, yet Mitchie Torres' mum is the camp's cook! So, when one little lie turns into a whole bunch of problems, things are made worse with the arrival of pop sensation Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) as the wild child lead singer of Connect 3, the latest hot teen band (The Jonas Brothers).

                      Mitchie wants nothing more than to be able to sing her own songs that she has written the words and music to, and she is really good (despite the miming - see below!). However, to conform to her new 'rich' friends, she falls in with the 'It Girls' and becomes a mere backing singer to the lead, a very aloof and selfish Tess Tyler.

                      As the camp hurtles through as fast as the summer holidays feel like they do for all of us, and the final night of Camp Rock draws nearer, the tension does mount as people's true natures start to show, new alliances are made and lost, and the final competition takes place, with the winner getting the chance to perform with Shane.

                      It needs to be said that the idea of the film is to present a music camp, and music does play a big part in the film. While the dance choreography and the music itself is very well done, the transference of it onto film just doesn't work. There are probably four or five main performances during the film, and none of them convince you that they are doing anything other than miming........badly! Half of the time the microphone is being twirled around like a baton, and the rest of the time the lips are forming the words (barely) but they don't look like they're singing the songs. My wife and I actually joked at one point that the reverberations from Joe Jonas' eyebrows were what kept the vocals going when he was waving the microphone around, such was the power of their centrifugal force!

                      The comparisons between High School Musical and Camp Rock will inevitably be made, and there are some, but it was almost like watching a poor man's version of HSM. The acting is more wooden and cheesy, and the characters, although similar between the two films, just don't get the chance to develop any depth. I thought that a few days had gone past, and then it was announced that camp was drawing to a close, and was confused.

                      Truth be told, I'm blatantly not in the target audience range for this film. It is definitely aimed at kids, more specifically those in the States who can relate more to things like summer camp than we necessarily can over here. However, HSM was also aimed at the same target audience, and I loved those films, especially the music and the performances in the film. So it is not necessarily the actors and singers who have let this film down, but those responsible for putting the whole thing onto film and making it look right.........because I'm afraid it just doesn't.

                      I would probably have liked this a whole lot more if the timing and believability had been better, as the essence of it is very good. Demi Lovato has emerged as a good teen star, much like Miley Cyrus or the HSM cast, and the Jonas Brothers are hugely successful and good musicians. Their hit SOS was a very good track, as are those within the film, and they have started production for Camp Rock 2. No doubt I will be coerced into watching it at some point, if only in the vain hope that things have improved, perhaps even that the eyebrows have reduced or been plucked, or, or......or something!

                      No matter what anyone says, Camp Rock has been a success, and I can see by some of the other reviews on here that I'm in a minority in disliking the film. While this does surprise me to some extent, I can also see the appeal to a wide audience. Unfortunately, I'm not in it. I guess it did make me laugh in places, but you'll have to fight me if you want me to watch it again.

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                      10.02.2009 17:04
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                      It was ok

                      Being at the age that I am now, I am not at all into films made by Disney, especially when their targeted audiences are children. If it werent for the fact that my niece was staying over when they came onto the channel, I would never have had any intention of watching. Saying this, once the film had ended, I can distinctally remember thinking to myself that it wasnt actually a bad film in all.

                      Of course, the film, being made by Disney, is very predictable and in my opinion, is just a copy of many other film formates, but the film mainly focuses around a young girl who ends up being sent to Camp Rock as a result of her parents winning a bid to become the caterers for that season, and follows her as she trys to keep it a secret from the new friends that she has made. Of course it nevers goes the way that you plan in these sorts of films , so at times, it can be quite good and interestings.

                      In my personal opinion, the only reason why this film got as much attention as it did, and was popular was because of the fact that it starred the Jonas Brothers, who are a famous band in America, and have just broken into the UK. They provide the main music in this film, and along with their actings skills, they are actually quite talented brothers. Lots of people thought that Camp Rock was going to be another version of High School Musical, but I can say right here and now, that it is no where near that standard, and although the film was good, it wasnt good enough to serve a sequel. I know for a fact that children of a younger age will love this film, so it makes a great way to keep them quiet.

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                      10.02.2009 16:10
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                      Teen romance and rock, but without the angst

                      Father Christmas - bless him - saw fit to leave this our twelve-year old's stocking this year. Father Christmas - to give him his dues - did apparently have some misgivings about doing this. After all, it comes from the über-commercial Disney stable and seems to be almost entirely designed to sell more tacky, over-priced spin-off merchandise.

                      The film is everything you might expect from Disney. Fast-paced, loud, clichéd, soppy, over-acted, slick, BUT... it has some serious plus points as well. Let me explain.

                      Daughter number one (12) is into rock/emo/goth type music, but until now has largely been into the slightly darker, self-abusive and overly sexual side of the genre, simply because that's what is on the music channels on the TV. But to my surprise she loved every minute of 'Camp Rock'.

                      I guess you'd call it the feel-good factor, and at least the film has some kind of moral compass. The music may be edgier than 'High School Musical', even if the words are similarly formulaic and forgettable. The singing and dancing is energetic, but there is no bumping and grinding. The love story is romantic rather than raunchy. The girls look attractive (and the slightly hippy-dippy heroine looks much prettier than her over-made-up, chav, daughter-of-a-famous-rock-star, would-be friend). The self-obsessed get their come-uppance. The girl gets the boy, despite weaving a web of deceit that rather threatens to get out of control...

                      My husband and I sat down to watch it with the girls, expecting to be bored. But we rather enjoyed it. But then it wasn't meant for us. Our five-year-old simply danced along right the way through it. So although it was undeniably shallow and cynical in many ways, it was also great, clean fun. And there's no harm in that these days!

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